Northern Activists Urge Junta To Lift Martial Law To Allow Public Participation in Reform

Representatives of Northern People’s Reform Committee of Thailand (right) hands over the demands and suggestions of the group to Churairat Kulchakwat, member of the NRC from Chiang Mai (second left) [Photo: Prachatai English]

(Prachatai English)


BANGKOK – Northern People’s Reform Committee of Thailand and other northern civil organizations urged the junta to lift the martial law to guarantee that people could truly participate in the national reform agendas.
About a hundred of representatives from the Northern People’s Reform Committee of Thailand together with 33 civil organizations based in Thailand’s North gathered in central Chiang Mai on Friday morning to discuss about the new constitution and the junta’s reform plan.
In the meeting, the group pointed out that under the martial law, it is impossible to carry out a genuine reform agendas and that the new constitution currently set in motion by the National Reform Committee (NRC) and the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) should prioritize on decentralization in order to allow people to participate in resource management and state welfare policies. Read more

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